Why I Stopped Using My iPad Pro For A Week!

Apple broke me heart, on the 14th of September, when they didn’t announce anything on the iPad Pro line. Depressed and angry, I swore not to use the iPad Pro until it does.

Like I’d do that, lol!

On a serious note, I am currently not using my iPad Pro for class. But, it has nothing to do with Apple and more to do with my professor. He doesn’t like technology and I am trying to not get on his bad side.

I had to purchase a paper notebook and some pens. I bought four black pens to make sure that I liked at least one that’ll actually use. The first pen I tried worked like a charm, now I don’t know what I’ll do with the other three.

I have been paperless for three years, so this change is very uncomfortable. 

When studying at home, my setup includes my laptop, a notebook and black pen. Studying has really been difficult for a couple of reasons: 

  1. One pen colour is not enough for taking sensible notes. 
  2. At the back of my head, I feel like this is not the right way of doing things. So it’s difficult to get into the study mood. I am writing fewer notes because I feel it’s pointless writing on paper if I am going to throw it out.
  3. My notes are very messy. I am used to the undo gestures in Notability and I find myself trying to undo every mistake I make. I am not even sure I’ll get anything out of these notes once my rotation is over, which is annoying because my professor is actually a great teacher. I really miss recording audio in Notability.
  4. I have been going to class with just this small notebook. So when the teacher refers to a topic we did last semester, I can’t switch to it to add more notes or refer to what the professor is talking about.
  5. I am always lost during class because I feel under-equipped. My iPad Pro has ALL MY NOTES, FOR ALL MY SUBJECTS! I miss my digital textbooks. When I write questions for the professor during my study, it’s difficult to show the professor exactly what am referring to without a copy of the lecture (which is on my iPad).
  6. I miss my iPad Pro. I see it everyday of course, but the fact that am not using it kills me.

I have had a lot of my professors encourage me to use physical textbooks instead of electronic ones. Something about them being better for retaining knowledge. I think that was probably the case ten, maybe five years ago before this digital handwriting technology came along. 

Right now, physical textbooks, pens and paper only limit my productivity. Why would I shuffle through pens to find the right colour when I can just tap a colour I want on an iPad? 

I should talk about advantages too right? Let me think…

My bag is lighter than it usually is because my 12.9 inch iPad Pro is heavier than the A5 notebook I am currently using. I also don’t worry about people pushing and squeezing against my bag on the bus since there’s nothing to break. That puts my mind at ease.


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